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December 20, 2013

Traces of Laurel: A Man of the Times

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The little booklet I referred to last week, “Glimpses of London and Her People,” by Charles Kellogg, has sketches of prominent citizens of the town along with businesses that were active in 1895 when Kellog was writing.  Kellogg was a printer for the Mountain Echo and the only information I have on him is a small paragraph in Dyche’s book which reads:  “Chas. K. Kellogg, of Troy, Ohio, (was) one of the best printers ever in London.  He was interested in other papers here and in Corbin.”

Since Kellogg wrote approximately 40 sketches, to publish one a week in this column would take us into the Fall of the next year and that could get boring.  I have decided to select the best known of those profiled for use here over the next ten weeks. I will supplement information from “Glimpses of London” with that found in Dyche’s history and other sources from time to time.

VINCENT BOREING:  Once you get past the Jacksons (both Jarvis and Levi) one of the most recognized names in the history of London is surely Vincent Boreing. According to Dyche, Boreing was born in 1839 in Washington County, Tenn., and moved to Laurel County with his father, Murray Boreing, in 1847.  Vincent was educated at Laurel Seminary and Tusculum College in Greenville, Tenn., and served in the Union Army (Co. A, 24th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry) during the Civil War, rising to the rank of first lieutenant.

Boreing was twice elected superintendent of Public Schools in Laurel County, was editor of the Mountain Echo in its early days, and became county judge.  He served as president of the Cumberland Valley Land Company and First National Bank in the 1880s and was elected to Congress three times. He was a pillar in the Methodist Episcopal Church.  I’ve also been told he was a preacher.

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